The Scale AHA Final report has been published!

The Scale AHA study has publsihed its final report. Scale AHA supported the European Commission in fostering scaling-up of innovations in active and healthy ageing by engaging stakeholders of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA).

The study facilitated the “2016 Call for Reference Sites” for European regions with a high scaling-up potential in active and healthy ageing. The 74 Reference Sites (RSs) from 24 European countries represent highly inspirational ecosystems, delivering creative and workable solutions that improve the lives and health of older people through the involvement of different players, including regional and/or local authorities, cities, integrated hospitals/care organisations, industry, SMEs and start-ups, research and innovation organisations.

Scale AHA conducted also the “2016 Transfer of Innovation Scheme” supporting European regions to learn from one another and scale up digitally-enabled innovative ICT solutions in active and healthy ageing. Twenty pairs of regions (26 RSs from 13 European countries) have been provided financial support for twinning activities. The scheme is a new concept aiming to de-risk investment in digital innovative ICT solutions by financing small but concrete ideas with high potential for replicability and scaling up.

The Scale AHA report provides an overview of all the different study activities and results, as well as policy recommendations.

The final report can be downloaded here: Scale AHA Final Study Report [pdf]

Objectives of Scale AHA

Support to scaling up of innovations in Active and Healthy Ageing (Scale AHA) is an action to support the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA). The objective of this study is to accelerate the scaling-up of innovative approaches and practices in Active and Healthy Ageing by fostering active knowledge exchange among regions through dedicated mentoring activities. This scaling up is recognised to rely upon the coordinated action of a number of stakeholders including EIP on AHA partners, Reference Sites (RS), and other national/regional/local organisations and ecosystems, spanning the healthcare, social care, health ICT and finance sectors.

The results of this study are disseminated to the wider public and to political leaders with a view to increasing the levels of EU and Member State commitment, investment, implementation and availability of innovative services beyond the initial cluster of EIP pioneering regions.